The fecund Marc Seales, the powerhouse Doug Miller and the dynamic colorist John Bishop have become a group far greater than the sum of their very excellent parts. At times their music floated and at times it burned. New Stories river-like flow and shifting voices reward careful listening.
Seattle's preeminent piano trio, New Stories, is back with a tribute to their inspirations and predecessors, the artists whose music had great impact on each of them when they were developing as young musicians. Included are compositions of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock in fresh interpretations filtered through the experiences of the intervening years. Here are also three new compositions growing out of the tradition, two by Marc Seales and one by Doug Miller.
Three great saxophonists, Don Lanphere, Hans Teuber and Rick Mandyck join New Stories singly, in pairs and one stunning group shot, Marc Seales' nod to Ornette Coleman. Doug Miller's poignant ballad is a torch song for the Nineties, and Marc Seales' title song is a reminder to each why this music is so important. New Stories is a new take on the classic piano/bass/drums trio, a trio with a strong group identity that is still flexible enough to provide superior support for soloists.
Jazz After Hours (PRI), Jazz Northwest (KPLU)
1. Prince of Darkness - Wayne Shorter
2. Remember Why - Marc Seales
3. One Finger Snap - Herbie Hancock
4. In a Silent Way - Joe Zawinul
5. After Letting Go - Doug Miller
6. Colemanology - Marc Seales
7. Circle - Miles Davis
8. Fee Fi Fo Fum - Wayne Shorter
9. Deep in a Dream - Van Huesen/DeLange
All Music Guide (Dave Nathan)
Once again the Seattle-based trio New Stories hits pay dirt with the follow-up to its first release, Circled By Hounds. Helped along by significant contributions from several guests, pianist Marc Seales, bassist Doug Miller, and drummer John Bishop settle on a play list of jazz classics and original material. Recalling the modal music days of the 1 ...